Earlier last week (September 12 to be exact), Pres. Noynoy Aquino has formally signed into a law Republic Act No. 10175 or more commonly referred to as the Anti-Cybercrime Law.
This law will be jointly coordinated and implemented by the DOST, DOJ and the DILG and be implemented in 90 days.
A copy of the signed law is shown below.
One controversial section of this law is the Online Libel which makes just about anybody on the internet liable when they bash, attack, debase, humiliate or anything of that sort. That might also include cyber-bullying.
As someone who has been confronted with libel case as far back as 2006, I feel this development has serious implications. The law, while it aims to protect the victims of online crimes, can also be used to harass.
Then again, this is also a strong warning against hackers, crackers, phishers, online scammers and bullies that their days are finally over. We remember, back in August, over 300 people were arrested by the PNP and PAOCC for alleged cyber-criminal acts.
The government has allocated Php50 million annually to put up this agency. So, the next time someone hacked your Yahoo! email, cracked your Paypal account, or scammed you into buying a fake item over Sulit, you know there’s a specific law just for it.